Innkeeping at Logistics

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Innkeeping at Logistics

One innkeeper each shift will be assigned to the inn and one will be assigned to the Logistics building. This will be part of the list of who is working each shift and you should check for it when you check to see if you are working a shift.

When working at the logistics building you should still wear garb (everyone working the logistics building should still wear garb whenever possible to ensure a consistent example). Aprons will be provided to help ensure your garb does not get food stained.

Your primary job in logistics is to maintain the food area for the NPC's.

This includes:

  • Making sure that more pasta is being made before the previous dish runs out.
  • Keeping drink coolers filled (or getting others to fill them if you can't lift one, which is ok)
    • The key point here is watch for when they are getting low.
  • Keep the hot water percolator full.
  • Run dishes and utensils through the dishwasher.
    • Put away dishes and utensils from the dishwasher.
  • When you have time help with pot and pan dishwashing.
  • Make popcorn as needed for the inn and logistics.
  • On occasion you may also be asked to assist with finishing food for the inn.
    • This will be something you are specifically asked to do, and instructions will vary based on what the dish is.
    • You'll have advanced warning if this is going to happen.

Expect the shift to be a lot of hurry up and wait. Very busy for brief moments, then very dull in between.

Related Rules

Tools and Equipment in the Kitchen

As we have an industrial kitchen in the back of logistics this page is about how to use the equipment contained in that kitchen properly and safely. The dishwashing section may seem obvious, but it's actually the most important part, there are chemicals used that can create poisonous gasses if used improperly.

Dish Washing

  • There are two ways to wash dishes in the kitchen, the dishwasher and the three bay sink.

The Dish Washing Machine

  • The dish washing machine is for glass or plastic dishes and silverware only.
    • The chemicals used can create a poisonous gas when mixed with aluminum
      • MANY pots and pans in the kitchen are made of aluminum.
  • Rinse dishes with the sprayer then load them onto an appropriate rack.
    • The water pressure on the sprayer kind of sucks. I haven't figured out how to fix that yet.
    • Don't overcrowd racks, it Is easier to run more racks than to rewash dishes.
  • Turn the machine on by fully closing the doors.
    • If you need to turn it off midwash for some reason, re-open the doors.
  • One wash takes about a minute.
  • If a tray of dishes contains light items that will be "thrown" by the force of the water, place a second rack on top of the first rack to hold items down.
  • It is best to wash items of a similar type all at the same time so that they are easier to make a single stack and put away at once.

The Three Bay Sink

  • Use the 3-bay sink to wash everything that doesn't get machine washed.
  • The first bay is for soapy water, the second bay is for rinsing and the third bay is for sanitizer
    • Because we have nowhere else to fill pots and pans with water the rinse sink should be left empty (no stopper).
  • Make sure that you scrape out any food stuff you can get out before you wash a thing.
  • The sooner you wash something the less likely it will need to soak.
  • If the soapy water looks disgusting… change it.
  • If the sink is full of food particles after you drain the sink, use your hands or a tool to gather it up and throw it in the trash can. Don't try to wash it all down the drain, that could clog it.
  • The sanitizer bay is meant to soak dishes for about a minute before drying them and putting them away.
    • If it gets all greasy or soapy it's time to change it.
    • When filling the sanitizer bay use warm water to dissolve the tablets which are in a bottle that looks like a tylenol bottle above the sink. 3 or 4 tablets for half the sink is plenty. The water will get cold in time that’s ok.
  • Store dishes upside down both so they can dry better and so dirt from people walking, or things falling off tables don't land in them.

Side Towels

  • Ryan's checkered green side towels are fire-retardant cloth designed for holding hot things. They are not for drying dishes. When they become wet they can't do their job.
    • No seriously stop using them to dry things.

Kitchen Software

Knives

  • This is a small kitchen, practice safe knife use.
  • If you talk with your hands, put the knife down first.
  • Always assume that someone could walk up behind you at any moment when you are holding a knife. Don't be swinging it around. Ever.
  • Always hand wash knives.
  • Always use a plastic or wooden cutting board when using a knife.
    • Stone and metal are bad cutting surfaces that will dull a knife when things are cut on them.

Hotel Pans

  • A hotel pan is the standard tray food is being served in. They come in deep, regular and shallow depths. Most of the ones in the kitchen are shallow.
  • 2 half hotel pans or half pans take up exactly the same space as a single full hotel pan. Third pans, sixth pans, and ninth pans follow the same logic.
  • Many things around the kitchen are designed for this spacing.
  • There is a large stack of perforated hotel pans (aka perf pans) in back that are normal depth. Make sure you only grab these when you want a perforated pan.
  • The fridge will fit exactly two hotel pans the wide way on any given shelf. Be careful putting them in or taking them out the door has no room for your fingers.

Sheet Trays

  • A sheet tray or a baking sheet is another standard sized item in a kitchen.
  • Several items in the kitchen are designed to work with the dimensions of a sheet tray.

Other Kitchen Hardware

Refrigeration

  • We use the 6 door fridge on the left side of the kitchen to keep things cold.
  • The appliance that looks like a home refrigerator is generally full of camp owned things so we do not use it.
  • When storing things in the fridge keep raw meats, eggs, anything that requires cooking in the bottom bays, and things that are safe for consumption in the top bays.
    • Try to use as few bays as possible so in the event we need to clean it out there is less area we used that needs to be cleaned.
  • We are not using the walk-in fridge in back.
  • Though we often have space in the main fridge, it is not for player personal use. If we say yes to one person or group we'd have to say yes to all and we don't want that headache.

The Stove-top

  • There are 12 burners total available for use.
  • Try to use the same burners repeatedly so that if a mess is made there is less we have to clean up later.
  • The burners are fairly close together so you may have to space things out in order to cook multiple dishes at once.
  • These are gas burners, the pilot light is permanently out on many of them. Have a lighter in hand and ready to use when you turn the burner on. The longer a burner goes without being lit the bigger the eventual fireball when it does light.
    • I use the word fireball because it is accurate, not because this is especially dangerous (unless the gas has been going for a very long time). You're in more danger of losing some arm hair than anything else. Just be aware of your situation at all times.
  • Always treat a stove top as a hot surface even if you don't think it is.

The Gas Stoves

  • If the gas stove does not begin warming up within minutes of turning it on, that means the pilot light is out.
    • When the gas is on in a gas stove and the pilot light is out, gas builds up in a contained heavy metal box. Were you to then light that gas the resulting fire has no where to go but straight out at YOU. This is one of the more dangerous situations that can happen in a kitchen.
    • If the pilot light is out, turn the gas to the stove off, and let the gas dissipate on it's own.
    • Do not attempt to light the stove pilot lights yourself.
    • We have electric oven options that should be used instead when this happens.
  • Stoves are typically turned on at the beginning of the day and turned off at the end of the day.

The Griddle

  • The flat stainless steel surface between the stoves and the convection ovens is called a griddle.
  • Always treat the griddle surface as if it were hot, there is a very strong chance it will be.

The Convection Ovens

  • To the right side of the griddle there are two convection ovens. Each has to be turned on separately.
  • A convection oven is like a normal oven but with a fan that circulates air causing the food to cook faster than it would in a normal oven at the same temperature.
    • If you turn on the convection fan be sure to keep in mind that it will have your food done faster than you are likely accustomed to.
  • The doors are heavy, and close tight. You'll need to give a good hard pull to open them.
  • If the doors are even slightly ajar the fans will turn off and it will seem like the oven is off, it is not.
  • Before you turn the convection oven off, set the oven to "cool" for about 20 minutes first. This is a setting with the on/off switch.
  • There are timers attached to the convection ovens that buzz loudly. Use them if you need a timer for anything in the kitchen.

The Stand Mixer

  • This is on the table to the left of the refrigeration unit. Use this for mixing large batches.
  • You must close the gate before the device will turn on.
    • Do not put ANYTHING into the mixer while it is running. I've seen someone break an arm after putting a spatula in a moving mixer, don't be that person.

How to be an Innkeeper

Starting Your Shift

  • Whenever possible you should try to be at the inn a few minutes early, and expect to leave a few minutes late.
  • At the start of your shift you should check the shift before you to make sure they leave you the inn in a clean state, you'll be the one responsible for what they leave undone.
    • Make sure there is enough water in the cooler to make it through the shift
    • Make sure there are not extra pots and pans lying around.

End of Shift

  • When you finish your shift, check with the next shift to make sure they are ok with what you are leaving them before you go.
    • Don't leave until the next shift tells you that they're taking responsibility for anything that remains.
  • If you are the last shift of the night, bring anything that contained food and needs washing back to logistics.
    • It's perfectly reasonable to do this 20 or 30 minutes before the end of shift when it is at night and things are winding down.
  • At the end of the shift tips should be divided among the innkeepers for that shift.
    • Either Ryan Green or Hannah Vary will check in at the end of the shift to make sure things have been done. They will then handle paying you 20 coin once they are satisfied that you are done with your shift.

Menacing Overlords

  • When Ryan Green or Hannah Vary come to the inn behind the curtain in that moment they are never there as PCs/NPCs, they're there to see if you need anything/ checking on how things are going/ looking for things they can fix for future events. They are actively taking a break from having fun so that they can make sure things are going smoothly. Please don't role-play with them, just let them know what they need to know so they can get back to not being in work mode and get back to having fun.
  • Conversely if Hannah Vary or Ryan Green are there asking for food, they ARE there as PC's/ NPC's and you should treat them exactly the same as any other player, including charging them coin for what they are buying.

Collecting Coin

  • Coin from food sold should go into the collection dish.
  • There is also a tip box for players who want to tip you for your work.
    • Coin used to pay for food or drink does not go in the tip box.
  • At the end of the event (4th shift) the remaining coin in the collection dish should be brought back to logistics.
  • If you want to sell your own food as an innkeeper you can do so but only for bonus XP (talk to Ryan Green or Hannah Vary if you want to do this).
    • In the past innkeepers have done this for additional coin that is no longer how it is being done.
    • Remember you can still bring in food to sell for coin, just do it as your PC not as an innkeeper.
    • Be sure to save your receipts if you want bonus XP. Ryan Green will need those.

The Food

  • Currently first and fourth shift will serve single serving items like hot dogs. 2nd shift will have eggs. 3rd shift will have a special item brought out around 6pm (give or take).

Steam Tables

  • Sometimes to keep the food warm we are using a portable steam table. It's the wire rack that holds a single "hotel pan", the large pans the food is generally served in.
    • In the wire rack you should first put an empty medium depth hotel pan to hold water. Be sure to put a layer of water in it.
    • Inside of that pan you'll place a second shallow hotel pan with food in it.
    • Be sure to keep a lid on hot food too.
    • A can of sterno (the cylindrical short can full of chemicals) beneath at the bottom (which needs to be lit with fire) will keep the water warm which will keep the food warm without cooking it.
      • One can is enough for our needs most of the time. You can use two if it is extra important the food stays hot (for example when serving a soup).
    • The wire racks only have enough space for a medium depth hotel pan and the sterno. If you use a deep hotel pan the sterno gets smothered and the flame goes out.
      • The camp only seems to have one single medium depth hotel pan that I have found.
        • There are what look like medium depth hotel pans in a stack, but they all seem to be perforated which would make them really bad at holding water for hopefully obvious reasons.
      • If you need to heat multiple things at once you can use half hotel pans instead of full ones. 2 half hotel pans take up the same amount of space as one full hotel pan. There are plenty of medium depth half hotel pans. In a proper restaurant there would also be 1/3rd, 1/6th pants and 1/9th pans but the camp doesn't have any of these.

Hot Dogs

  • Hot dogs get made to order in the flat press grill.

Drinks

  • Sodas should be portioned per shift. There should be 2 bottles of mountain dew per shift, and 1 bottle of root beer, cola, and ginger ale per shift. Make sure that shifts after your shift will have those left. Left overs from previous shifts are fair game to use.
    • So for example on first shift make sure that 6 bottles of mountain dew and 3 bottles each of the other three are unopened at the end of your shift.
    • Second shift should have 4 bottles of mountain dew and 2 bottles of the other 3 at the end of their shift.
    • Third shift should have 2 bottles of mountain dew and 1 bottle of the others at the end of shift
    • Fourth shift can pour anything that is present.
    • It's ok to tell someone you are out of a particular drink for the shift and that more will be available later.
  • When making powdered drinks don't make them full strength but they don't have to be super weak either. Use your judgement.
  • Drinks should contain roughly the same amount of liquid each time someone buys them.
    • A character with an average cup and a character with a huge tankard should get the same sized pour.
    • If the player wants the tankard filled, charge them more to fill it.

Snack Items

  • Be sure to refill the pretzels and popcorn trays periodically. If you're running out of popcorn let the kitchen know before you need more.
    • Avoid overfilling especially if it is humid out or the pretzels turn gross.
    • We have one barrel to go the entire weekend, and we've never once run out early. Use your discretion on how much to put out.
  • If you need to make popcorn Ryan has been keeping the popcorn pot on the far left side of the stove. It's the one with the lid on or next to it.
    • Add some oil to coat the bottom of the pot, pour in kernels. The oil should be just about the same height as the kernels before you turn the heat on (oil expands when heated).
    • Adding salt before you pop the kernels is the fancy way to do it (there are reasons not worth going into), but if you don't feel comfortable doing that it's ok to salt the finished popcorn. There will likely be some salt left over from previous batches in the pot, remember that when you add salt.
    • When lots of popping has happened start shaking the pot a bit so the unpopped kernels fall to the bottom and the cooked popcorn doesn't burn to the bottom.
    • Take it off the heat when the sound of kernels popping slows down or stops.
    • Don't worry if you burn some of it your first time out, just pick out what you can and throw it out.
    • Popcorn is really cheap, mistakes are fine, seriously don't worry about it. If you have to throw out the batch and try again you SHOULD, think of it as practice.
  • If there is no one cooking in the kitchen for the shift please check in on the NPC food periodically.
    • Just like in the inn the back-up is pasta and sauce if everything is eaten.
    • Putting out popcorn for the NPC's is worthwhile. Starches are your friend.

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